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Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Roland C. Smith was named Chairman and CEO of Office Depot, Inc. in November 2013. An experienced senior executive, having served as President and Chief Executive Officer of both public and private companies and on numerous boards, Smith comes to Office Depot, Inc. with a strong track record in increasing operating profit, managing complex integrations, directing corporate turnarounds and transforming companies for future success.
Prior to joining Office Depot, Inc., Smith most recently was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Delhaize America, LLC. Previously, Smith was President and CEO of The Wendy's Company; President and CEO of Wendy's/Arby's Group, Inc.; and CEO of Wendy's International, Inc.
Smith also served as Chief Executive Officer of Triarc Companies, Inc.; Chief Executive Officer of Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.; President and Chief Executive Officer of American Golf Corporation and National Golf Properties; President and Chief Executive Officer of AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc.; and President and Chief Executive Officer of Arby's Inc., d/b/a Triarc Restaurant Group.
He has held senior management positions at KFC International, Pepsi Cola International, Schering-Plough and Procter & Gamble.
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, Smith served in the U.S. Army for seven years in the Transportation and Aviation Corps as platoon leader, executive officer, deputy director of Army programs, aide-de-camp, aviation maintenance officer and pilot.
Smith is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Carmike Cinemas, Inc., where he is also Chairman of the Compensation and Nominating Committee, and a Director for The Wendy's Company. He is a national trustee of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and a member of the World Presidents' Organization International.